Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution



Have a passion for your community?

Donate your time and talents!

Give back to your community and become a volunteer at Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites!

A wide variety of short term and regular volunteer opportunities will use your skills, pique your interest, and help us bring history to life.

See the opportunities below or contact us with your own volunteer project idea. Hours are flexible.

Sign up for the monthly Volunteer Newsletter to stay up-to-date on current volunteer needs and what is going on in Bethlehem by clicking below!

Upcoming Opportunities

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites has exciting upcoming volunteer opportunities that include: 

Short-Term Opportunities:

Trees of Historic Bethlehem

Love Christmas? Love Decorating? We need many volunteers to decorate our 27 Cinematic Trees throughout our historic sites. All decorations are provided you just bring the Christmas cheer and creativity.

Long-Term Opportunities:

Saturdays at Burnside

Want to spend more time outdoors? Join us for our new weekly program at Burnside Plantation - Saturdays at Burnside! Volunteers are needed each week, April through November. Positions include docent, greeter, shop helper, Summer Kitchen demonstrator, and kid's activity volunteer.

Museum Host/Hostess

Are you a museum expert? If so, this is the perfect fit for you! Donate your time to become a museum host/hostess. Responsibilities include ensuring that the buildings, artifacts, and grounds are treated with care as well as answering any visitor questions as they arise. Our museums are reopening for the first time since their closure in March of last year, and hosts/hostesses will keep visitors safe. New exhibits at the Kemerer Museum and Moravian Museum will also be a responsibility for this volunteer opportunity.

Visitor Center

Volunteers greet customers, answer questions about Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites tours and offerings, and provide visitors with information on the greater Lehigh Valley area.

Docent/Tour Guides

Volunteers interested in being trained as docents will undergo site specific training enabling them to provide guests with engaging tours of the displayed collections.

Volunteer Opportunities

Not sure which position is right for you?
Take our short quiz to find out!

Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities

Hours vary due to task and event. Shifts will not be longer than 6 hours. With these opportunities there is no long-term commitment needed.

Photo Credit: Scott Piccotti

Special Events & Programs: New-to-You & Vintage Barn Sale, Rooms to View House & Garden Tour, Blueberry Festival, Apple Days, Turkey Trot, Holiday Soiree, Design After Dark, Free Sundays, and Christmas in the Quarter.

Roles Available:

  • Tour Guide
  • Set Up
  • Parking Attendants
  • Admissions/Registration
  • Cashiers
  • Kids Tents/Crafts
  • Runners
  • Cleaners/Sanitation
  • Order fulfiller and delivery
Photo Credit: Paul S. Bartholomew
  • Conduct tours through museum, historic sites from script to visitors.
  • Share information regarding the mission of HBMS, present opportunities for support and educational and special event activities to the guests. Collect visitor statistics and encourage feedback on social media and HBMS website.
  • Possess the ability to lead group tours and answer questions regarding our local history and sites, as well as conduct walk-through of galleries and report any issues to museum site manager.
  • Must be capable of skillfully dealing with diversity of visitors under a variety of circumstances and communicate emergency management procedures to guests.
  • Monitor visitor activities to ensure compliance with museum standards and security of guests and sites.

Long-Term Volunteer Opportunities

At least two shifts per month. Shifts are 2-4 hours long. Long term commitment of at least six months.

The Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center welcomes volunteers interested in customer service experience.

Volunteers greet customers, answer questions about Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites tours and offerings, and provide visitors with information on the greater Lehigh Valley area.

Kemerer-Museum-of-Decorative-Arts Copyright of Hub Willson

The museum host/hostess provides a welcoming atmosphere for museum visitors.

They are responsible for monitoring collections, assisting with daily museum operations and special events, and answering questions.

Docents & tour guides introduce museum guests to the heritage stories they find at our many historic sites. They may also be trained to provide seasonal tours.

Volunteers interested in being trained as docents will undergo site specific training enabling them to provide guests with engaging tours of the displayed collections.

Docents must:

  • Wear period appropriate costumes when necessary
  • Must have ability to provide exceptional guest experience
  • Punctuality and dependability are a must

The Colonial Garden at Burnside Plantation on Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem is offering gardening and grounds opportunities to individuals interested in planting and tending this wonderful historical colonial garden. The garden is planted with heirloom seeds and plants and everything is grown organically, as would have been done in the colonial period. Plants, seeds, and compost are provided at no cost and gardeners share fresh produce from the garden.

This opportunity is great for groups!

Help us keep our sites looking their best by assisting with:

  • post event cleaning
  • regular landscaping
  • routine walkthroughs to collect trash and recycling

Volunteers who are interested in event planning and administration can become special committee liaisons.

They attend meetings and assist with the planning and implementation of Historic Bethlehem's special events.


Volunteer positions needed for every Saturday at Burnside, April-November.

  • Summer Kitchen Demonstrator
    • Summer Kitchen demonstrators work with our foodways volunteer lead to learn about colonial cooking practices and share that information with visitors. Trained volunteers will be able to demonstrate colonial cooking practices in the kitchen.  Volunteers may be expected to wear a period appropriate costume provided to them.
  • Volunteer Docent (house & barn) 
    • Volunteer Burnside Docents share the history of Burnside Plantation and can guide visitors through the House and Johnson Barn.  Volunteers must be able to talk with groups of visitors of all ages.  
  • Kids’ Activity Volunteer
    • Kids Activity volunteers demonstrate the crafts and activity offerings provided each week.  Volunteers should have experience working with students or family-friendly activities. 
  • Pop-up Shop Volunteer
    • Burnside pop-up shop volunteers assist visitors in the shop space and manage store transactions.  Shop volunteers are responsible for communicating when inventory is low. 
  • Burnside Greeter*
    • Burnside Greeters welcome visitors to Burnside Plantation and help provide information about weekly activities.  Volunteers may be asked to assist with other activity offerings as needed. 

All volunteers are expected to be able to answer visitor questions about upcoming HBMS programs/special events and talk about membership opportunities. 

*Greeter volunteers are suggested to provide the best visitor experience, though all volunteers are expected to welcome visitors and provide information. 

Love Gardening?

Watch Head Burnside Volunteer Gardener, Pat Corpora, speak with Mike McGrath from PBS39/WLVT's You Bet Your Garden about:

  • The history of Burnside's fabulous garden
  • What we plant there today
  • And how you can get involved!

How To Apply

Don't wait - Get started on

your volunteer application today!

Complete the form below and a staff member will be in contact with you. Under the age of 18? Complete the form, have it signed by a parent or guardian, and bring it with you to your first shift. Underage volunteers MUST have a complete form in order to volunteer.

Or contact our Director of Outreach & Visitor Services, Tavia Minnich, at 1.800.360.TOUR.

Volunteer Testimonials


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Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Registration and financial information about Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999, or on the web at www.dos.state.pa.us. Registration does not imply endorsement.